At Wake Tech, students have several different opportunities for gaining practical work experience while pursuing a degree. Work-Based Learning (Co-op) allows students to apply what they have learned in the classroom in an actual workplace setting. Students work for an employer in a position directly related to their field of study.

Work-based learning helps students develop employability competencies – competencies that the college has identified as critical to success in the workplace:

  • Communication – the ability to effectively exchange ideas and information with others through oral, written, or visual means.
  • Interpersonal Skills and Teamwork – the ability to work effectively with others, especially to analyze situations, establish priorities, and apply resources for solving problems or accomplishing tasks.
  • Problem-solving – the ability to identify problems and potential causes while developing and implementing practical action plans for solutions.
  • Information Processing – the ability to acquire, evaluate, organize, manage, and interpret information.

To learn more, contact the Work-Based Learning office at 919-866-5693 or the program faculty coordinator.